Powerbook G4 Titanium parts/hinges

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  1. Grunthaner macrumors member

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    Even though my G4 Titanium barely can show a streaming video I have decided to give her a new replacement hinge as she is a very good laptop for text and other work and I just had her out of mothballs this week to trouble shoot iMac PPC issues so I'm liking her again even with a broken hinge.

    Can anyone tell me other than eBay where I can find the hinges? My right hinge is broken and I'm going to replace both just to be safe. I see some eBay auctions have entire displays with hinges which seems like a good idea although displays are untested. I am not 100% sure if my 667 MHz can use a lower MHz Titanium display therefore if anyone knows that answer please post.

    I don't have enough posts to see the marketplace or classifieds so if anyone is selling parts or even an old Titanium please message me.
    Thanks,
    Linda
     
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  3. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I bought my son a 1Ghz Titanium about a year or so ago. Came with broken hinges. That was fine, because I had a screen from my old TiBook 400. The 1Ghz TiBook is a higher resolution but the screen from my old TiBook works just fine at a lower resolution. The only problem I had with it is that Apple redesigned things between the 400 and the 1Ghz. Consequently, the magnet is not in the right spot to shut off the Mac when you close the lid. The lid latches just fine, but my son has to sleep the Mac before he closes the lid. Otherwise the Mac stays on until the powersaver sleeps it.

    So, it's worth a shot if you can find a screen with hinges. I actually did find a higher resolution screen for my son, but stupidly I didn't check about hinges and of course it came without them. Getting new hinges in is a major operation so that's why I just swapped LCDs with my old TiBook.
     
  4. Grunthaner thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow interesting, funny I haven't heard of tips to repair or modify these old Powerbooks o work with a broken hinge. I have been using thick aluminum tape but I should grind down the broken section of hinge so it closes all the time properly.

    Therefore other than eBay that is all there is for parts other than the website mentoned above? I also hear my 667MHz won't do Leopard :(
    Linda

     
  5. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    eBay is just one site as is the link mentioned. I don't know of any other site specific to what you want, but there's always shopping for used or broken Macs. craigslist, your local classifieds, etc.

    Leopard won't install natively. But it will run, and it will run fine. The trick is getting it on there. You can do that using LeopardAssist (which tricks the installer into thinking you have a 1Ghz processor) or you can install using Target Disk Mode.

    TDM is how I got Leopard on my old TiBook/400 when it was working.
     
  6. Grunthaner thread starter macrumors member

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    eyoungren, thanks, is LeopardAssist on the disc when I get it?
    Linda

     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    No, Leopard Assist is a third party app. Apple doesn't make it because it allows you to get around the barrier to installing Leopard that Apple placed there themselves. Apple would rather have you buy a new Mac instead of using Leopard Assist.
     
  8. Grunthaner thread starter macrumors member

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    OMG eyoungren you are awesome!!!!!!

    I'm so glad I asked and that you have the answer. Now I'm going to repair my Titanium and even try to upgrade that OS to Tiger :)
    Many thanks again,
    Linda


     

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